Social interactions can be tough sometimes. We’ve all had an experience where we’ve said or done something stupid and ended up putting our foot in our mouth , and while it can be humiliating, it’s usually not something that most people remember for the rest of their lives. There are, however, times when you have such an unfortunate interaction with someone that you never forget it, and still cringe every time it pops into your brain. Rude questions from friends, family members, or, most especially, strangers definitely fall into this category.
The following 30 people reveal the rudest questions they’ve ever been asked, and how they wish they could have responded. Prepare to be completely appalled and shocked at the audacity of some people.
Although the last one does at least include some delicious karma.
“Are you self conscious about your teeth?”
“I am now.”
Either the person asking this was totally clueless to how insulting this question was, or they knew exactly how insulting it was and were trying to give this poor person a complex.
“How many times have you broken your nose?”
“The answer is none.”
…but thanks for asking this totally insulting question!
“The most common question asked by complete strangers because of my wheelchair is ‘Can you do the deed in it?’ but another classic is ‘How do you pee?'”
“For all of these questions, I, of course, perform a live demonstration.
If you’re thinking of asking a disabled person a question that might be insulting, remember this handy advice: don’t.
“How does it feel to be cheated on?”
“…by the friend of a girl I once dated. I didn’t even know she was cheating…
What a great way to find out that your entire relationship was a lie! Did she kick dirt in his eye while she was at it?
“I’ve been asked if the government gives me compensation for ‘being legally a midget.'”
“I do not have Dwarfism, I am just really short.”
Firstly, “midget” is an offensive term, dude.
Secondly, what does “legally a midget” even mean?
“At 18 I took a trip with my family to Puerto Rico.”
“Our first day there, a local that we were talking to put his hand on my little round potbelly and said, ‘You’ll be a mother soon! How wonderful!’
I was just kinda chubby and was wearing an oddly fitting dress.
I cried. A lot.
I cannot stress this enough: NEVER. ASK. A. WOMAN. IF. SHE. IS. PREGNANT. UNLESS. SHE. IS.GIVING. BIRTH.
“I’m a Freshman in high school and I’m a ridiculously lonely guy.”
“These two girls came up to me a few months back and asked, ‘Hey, you’re not gonna shoot up a school because you don’t fit in are you?’
Even if she was kidding, this is just not a question you should ever ask someone.
“I work in a pharmacy, and a not-too-smart woman stared at my face and asked, ‘Do you have pox?!'”
“Uhm, no, I do not have this (mostly) eradicated disease, I have some zits.
Thanks for pointing that out.
Some people just shouldn’t be allowed to speak.
“‘Were you abused as a child? Do you still have contact with your dad?’ after saying I’m lesbian.”
“I’ve been asked similar questions many times. The fact so many bigots think this is the reason for gay women pisses me off.
How is it possible that so many people think the same incredibly offensive thing?